Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and The VAR Guy spent so much time penning love letters to his favorite channel partners and distributors that he may have missed a few nifty pieces of news in his inbox. Take a look at some of the stories we wish we had time to write, but didn’t this week as you sort through your boxes of candy hearts and chocolates.

Infoblox Acquires IID: Network service provider Infoblox (BLOX) has purchased Washington-based cyberthreat intelligence provider IID for $45 million in cash, the company announced on Monday. The acquisition is expected to cement Infoblox as “the first DDI vendor to combine contextual network data with federated threat intelligence and a dedicated threat research team,” according to the announcement.

“By bringing together the deep and very rich threat intelligence from IID with the context and the central control point that Infoblox has in the network through our DDI services, we can deliver a unique value proposition to our customers and the partners that resell our products,” said Jesper Andersen, president and chief executive officer of Infoblox, in a statement. “Infoblox and IID are also both committed to the emerging standards for automated sharing of threat intelligence information that will help extend our ecosystem.”

SwiftStack Announces Partnership with VeriStor: Object storage provider SwiftStack announced a partnership with virtual infrastructure and cloud specialist VeriStor on Tuesday that will allow VeriStor to add object storage to its cloud services portfolio, according to an announcement.

“One of the biggest challenges we’re seeing is the ability for customers to effectively manage both application growth and petabytes of data,” said Don Jaworski, CEO of SwiftStack. “With this new partnership, VeriStor will be able to offer their customers infrastructure for data protection across multiple sites.

LightRiver Technologies Names New VP of US Service Provider Sales: Network solutions provider LightRiver Technologies has named Joe Calzone as vice president of US Service Provider Sales, responsible for growing the company’s Competitive Communications Service Provider business in the United States.

Calzone has worked in the telecom industry for nearly 30 years, and joins LightRiver after serving as the former president of Independent Optical Networks.

“Through my work as VP of US Service Provider Sales, I am eager to help LightRiver continue its impressive growth in 2016 and beyond,” said Calzone. “I believe my real-world experience with regard to growth challenges and opportunities facing the industry will benefit me as I work to show partners the value of LightRiver’s multi-vendor, multi-domain capabilities.”

HPE Unveils SMB-Friendly Storage Solutions: Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced two additions to the HPE Just Right IT portfolio this week, including the HPE MSA 1040 SAN solution and the HPE StoreEasy 1650 Expanded NAS solution.

The MSA 1040 is now compatible with hybrid flash storage capabilities, while the StoreEasy 1650 accommodates 28 Large Form Factor devices of up to 224 TB of internal capacity in 2U, according to the announcement. HPE said both solutions will allow customers to purchase faster and more modern storage architecture based on SMB budgets.

VMware to Sell Blue Medora vRealize Operations management packs: Blue Medora and VMware (VMW) signed a global reseller agreement this week that will allow the virtualization company to sell Blue Medora’s vRealize Operations management packs to its customers, the companies announced in a press release.

“Blue Medora’s vRealize-focused management software solutions play an important role in extending the reach of VMware vRealize across a broad array of business critical applications, compute, network and storage technologies,” said Sajai Krishnan, vice president of product marketing, Management Suites Business Unit, VMware. “Blue Medora and VMware plan to continue to work together to deliver end-point management solutions that enable end-to-end visibility into the software-defined data center.”